|The Rod And The Staff|
by Christina Farris
| Exodus 4:17-31 KJV
17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.
28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped
|What is it about the Rod and Staff through out scripture. It is about comfort, direction and even correction. Spare the rod you spoil the child, the Bible says and the staff comforts David. We often think of the staff as a tool used for walking. Biblical pictures depict leaders walking with stick or a shepherd hook. Hebrew people traditionally and historically were a nomadic tribe of shepherd. Even the promise land was a huge range to wonder upon to herd the sheep upon. Now the people in Egypt are stuck not able to leave because of slavery and God has called Moses a son of Pharaoh daughter by adoption and son of the Hebrew priestly order to lead his people away from Egypt. The Lord would use Mose to free his people by the rod and staff. The rod of correction to pharoah and the staff drawing his people to him as a shepherd did his sheep. The signs that was shown Pharaoh would be to teach him that Hebrew people were not his to control, nor were they his to have. By Pharaoh treatment of his people, he would demonstrate his wrath through plagues done by Moses rod. A rod of correction and judgment. The rod of correction was not even exempt to Moses own family. Zipporah, Moses' wife would circumcize her own children because of the word of the Lord. Moses had failed to circumcize his son, even perhaps tell them of the Lord. Yet now they were traveling to meet Aaron and the Lord was trying to kill him, because Moses family was of unbelief.
God does not just want Moses to believe but his whole household. The power God was such it convicted even those not of faith in Moses' family. Moses had gone perhaps into seclusion of his faith. Hiding it under a bush so to speak. God was setting that bush Moses was hidden under on fire. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God spoke to Moses though he was hiding from Pharaoh because he killed an Egyptian born. If Moses had killed Hebrew only Hebrew people would of been angry with no ability for revenge. Egyptians were in power and though Moses was adopted by Pharaoh family, he still had not legal power of Pharoah house. Yet he could go into palace with no problem, because those that sought his life were dead. He was son of Pharaoh's daughter and so by legitim right he could approach the throne, how convient for God and yet at the same time how God's plan was from birth of Moses' life. He was placed in ark of protection as a baby, because the hebrew baby boys were being slaughtered. God would hide Moses right in the devil's lair. Raising him as a chief. Yet he would never rule Egypt but he would lead his birth family home to the promise land.
God is doing something in your life and mind. There is times the rod of correction is teaching us obedience and their times the shepherd's hook is guiding us, giving comfort and direction. God gave Hebrew people hope with the miracles and signs from Moses' Staff. He was waking Hebrew people to the hope of freedom and returning home. We can only imagine that hope. We can only imagine that power of God performing miracles. No miracles of God are before this land today. We as believers must proclaim His miracles of hope to his people. Pray that God will demonstrate his power to the heathen world around us one more time. To show them we serve a risen Savior name Jesus. God raises his people up for a time, they have a duty, even if before they were failing at their job. See Moses even failed his family. It could of cost Moses his life. Zipporah was smart, she understood about circumcision done to demonstrate faith. She understood the need to perform the act to protect Moses as a leader. How many times do mother's teach their children about God maybe even long before their father's begin to share their faith in God. It begins at the cradle and it continues on. It more then going to church, but teaching in the home. Often the mother is the care giver and she has opportunity because of most time spent with the child to teach at the minimum Bible stories of faith. However with both parents working, it falling to other relatives or care givers that might not even be believers.
God wants his people to teach their children and not only their children but their families about the Lord. To share the hope of salvation. If you failing in your home, you are already failing God. Yet one must learn to listen to God on his direction of teaching. We are not all the same, each child and adult is individual. They must come to know God individually and by their own decision to follow. It can not be because the teacher said so, it must be because God spoke to their hearts about salvation. The Holy Spirit called to them. Zipporah did outward circumcision because of her own conviction. Moses would now be teaching his family, for it would also be Zipporah faith as well and she be learning too. Moses' correction by the rod and comfort by the staff.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your rod and staff. Thank you for your hope and grace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Psalms 23:4 KJV Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Proverbs 23:12-14 KJV
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.